First a banker and now a dairy entrepreneur, Harman Singh has followed a diverse path. Harman, who owns Shuddh Dairy that supplies dairy products to a large number of subcontinent stores and restaurants, arrived on Australian shores in 2001, and started his professional career as a banker with NAB. He continued working in the financial sector with American Express and HSBC. The son of one of the biggest citrus growers in Punjab, India, Harman could have joined his father and inherited a working business. But, Harman wanted to build something of his own. After quitting HSBC, Harman started a restaurant that he managed for six years. This opened doors to his next business venture.
While in the restaurant business, Harman saw a great business opportunity in the dairy industry and started a manufacturing plant for producing Indian dairy products. It was a huge risk. This, he sees as the single most important moment in his life. He loves the work culture in Australia and the opportunities the country offers with a “clean system when it comes to living and working”.
Harman believes that the backbone of a business is honesty, loyalty to one’s business associates/partners and excellent relationship with one’s employee. “My backbone though is also the support given by my wife,” says Harman.
His favourite quote is by Harivansh Rai Bachchan, “Man ka ho to achcha, na ho to zyada achcha”.
The way I see it
Growth? If you love your work deeply, the growth is automatic. It also depends on how focussed you are. I’ve been lucky that my family have always been supportive.
Advice to entrepreneurs! Never let setbacks, however major, affect your confidence.
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